Reported Types of Haunting: Fabrikgeist




Sometimes referred to affectionately as Old-Jack-of-Trades.

Has familiars, often taking the form of machinery animated

without explanation, or a singular, lonesome whistling.


The shop floor is purgatory. The spirit can only be exorcised

by the removal of blueprints, the emptying of lockers

and the smelting of several thousand taps, dies and drills.


This spirit has a mischievous sense of humour

which has been broken by three decades of rain, rust,

and under-investment, and is prone to haunting sites


of last employment. It cannot be bottled by priest, policeman

or doctor. Its presence is signified by greasy overalls, missing tea cups,

or footprints from a pair of safety boots, leading nowhere.



This poem was previously published in Anon magazine (issue 8) in Summer 2011.


Spring 2014 update

Just a quick post to say that the blog IS being revived in coming weeks, and with any luck I’ll be using it to post up NaPoWriMo poems again for 2014.

All of last year’s poems have now been taken down, locked in a dark cellar to mature, and are undergoing various fine-tunings and refinements. Maybe you’ll see them popping up in various places soon…

In the meantime, I’ll also post up some previously (long-ago) published poems on here from time to time.

Here’s to spring time and new poems…